At least for the time being, the Nordic food fixation is holding strong in New York: In addition to newly opened Agern and Aska, the city’s now home to n’eat — a combination of neat and eatery. Chef Gabriel Hedlund is Swedish, and he actually served in the armed forces before cooking in Copenhagen at — where else? — Noma. His business partner, a Denmark native named Mathias Kær, owns close to a dozen restaurants abroad.
This kind of fanciful Nordic food is often quite expensive, and presented in a tasting-menu format, but n’eat only has an à la carte menu, and it’s quite affordable ($8 snacks, $16 for all other plates). It includes deep-fried sourdough bread with mushroom powder, chicken confit with carrots and burned garlic sauce, and rehydrated beets with goat-cheese ice cream. Take a look:
n’eat, 58 2nd Ave., 917-892-6350